Can I Go to Camp?

One look at this year’s Day Camp Directory — which starts on page 29 of the February issue and spans an unprecedented 11 pages — and I was ready to go back to camp.

From horseback riding to scuba diving, cooking lessons to tennis instruction, this directory reads like my own personalized copy of Things to Try Before You Die. Among the activities offered at local camps this summer are no fewer than 12 things I’ve always wanted to learn how to do:

* converse in Spanish

* stay afloat in a kayak

* design a Web site

* play the piano

* improve my memory

* write a screenplay

* master 35 mm photography

* learn to ice skate

* take a First-aid course

* recognize the major constellations

* try my hand at rock-climbing

* create a beautiful piece of pottery

When presented with options like these, who wouldn’t want to take a leave of absence from work?

As you read through the day camp offerings and make plans for your children’s summers, don’t forget to indulge in a few camp fantasies of your own. After all, you might be able to turn those dreams into real family fun. Weekends are made for family outings: kayaking on the Neuse River, stargazing at the Morehead Planetarium, photography classes at the community center.

Enrichment activities aren’t just for kids. Adults can benefit from camp-like learning and exploration, too. If only we could pack our lunches and go to camp with them!